The Heartbeat of Streams
Kindle your enthusiasm for science, and meet new people at Science on Tap, a monthly science café.
Streams and rivers may seem like stable, enduring features of the landscape, but within their flowing waters a complex array of biological and chemical processes are happening on the scale of tiny cells and affecting entire watersheds. These processes are critical to preserving the water quality and ecological health of our streams, removing pollutants, creating oxygen, and supporting healthy food webs. At November’s Science on Tap, Marie Kurz will explore the chemical signals of streams and what they reveal about the complex array of processes that make up the hidden heartbeat of streams.
About the Speaker
Marie Kurz is an eco-geochemist who studies the interactions between ecology and geochemistry in streams and watersheds. In addition to her research she works to support science-based conservation of water resources. When Marie isn’t in the field dyeing streams green and taking late-night water samples, she serves as head of the biogeochemistry section at the Academy of Natural Sciences and as an assistant research professor at Drexel University.